Wednesday, 31 December 2014
In most respects, this is just another ultra-basic plastic 35mm camera, but this one has the added feature of a close up setting, a little lever which shifts the focus of the lens to 0.6-1.2m. This particular example is branded by Barclaycard, and was presumably some kind of corporate freebie.
One unusual feature of the Pellix is the fact that the viewfinder doesn't go black during an exposure, as the mirror is semi-silvered and remains fixed. This meant that I could keep my subject in view while I waved the camera around with the shutter open, before firing a separate flash with a blue gel attached.
Monday, 29 December 2014
I hadn't heard of the camera until I found it in a charity shop (complete with another lens and flashgun) for £10. At first I thought it was broken, as the mirror didn't move, but Google told me that this is a fixed, semi-transmitting mirror, to allow metering to take place near the film plane. The downside is that you loose light through the mirror, effectively reducing the aperture of the lens.
This is a more typical redscale result, cropped square after scanning. The results from the Nightbird were mildly disappointing, I have used a stand alone roll of the film in my Vivitar Ultrawide and Slim in the past, but that was in autumn when there is more light around.
There was just about enough light to produce an image using the available light from a window with the sun shining in.
I had expected the results to be less grainy, given that this film is allegedly ISO800 and this was taken in bright sunlight, albeit close to the winter solstice. Redscale is always a bit hit and miss though.
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Sunday, 14 December 2014
Thursday, 11 December 2014
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
I've made several pinhole cameras in the past, including a 35mm anamorphic camera, but I decided that building a 120 version was beyond my skills, and I found this one on eBay for a very reasonable price. I'm using expired Fuji Velvia ISO50 film, as I have few rolls of this lying around, and I anticipate a steep learning curve when it comes to composition.